VIDEO: East Lancashire councillors in 'NekNominate' drink craze rumpus

VIDEO: East Lancashire councillors in 'NekNominate' drink craze rumpus

County councillor Paul White uploaded a video to his Facebook page showing him sat beside a large teddy bear wearing a flat cap and downing a pint of ale from a tankard

Councillor Jenny Purcell drinks a pint in one to raise money for charity.

A man leans out of the window of a moving car dressed as Superman and drinks a pint of lager, handed to him by the driver.

A man urinates into a glass which is then mixed with alcohol and downed by another man

A man holds up the half-bottle of vodka he has just drunk.

A man drinking a pint

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TWO councillors have come under fire after taking part in a highly controversial Facebook game involving ‘necking’ alcoholic drinks as quickly as possible.

The deadly social media drinking craze features people filming themselves ‘downing’ alcohol laced with bizarre ingredients, sparking fears people could die.

Two councillors, Paul White and Jenny Purcell, have been rapped by local MPs who said they should be ‘setting a better example’.

The controversy comes as the deaths of two students in Ireland were linked to the Neck and Nominate Facebook game.

Videos of mainly young people in East Lancashire include them drinking ‘shocking’ ingredients such as cow excrement, vomit, shampoo, urine and even what appears to be the contents of a child’s nappy.

One video posted by a man from Clitheroe shows him quickly drinking an alcopop, followed by a full bottle of rose wine and a half litre bottle of vodka - all in under three minutes.

And a Blackburn man posted a video of him drinking a cocktail of rum, vodka, beer and his friends’ urine before being sick into a kitchen sink.

The two councillors defended their actions with Coun White saying there was nothing dangerous in what he had done, while Coun Purcell said it was a ‘bit of a laugh’ used to raise money for charity.

Coun White, who is a Lancashire county and Pendle councillor, uploaded a video to his Facebook page showing him sat beside a large teddy bear wearing a flat cap and downing a pint of ale from a tankard while Rule Britannia played in the background.

The Tory councillor said: “If you see the video, you’ll see I did absolutely nothing dangerous.

“I was sat at home, on my own, on my sofa. I drank a pint of beer. There is nothing dangerous about it.

“I’m not endorsing anything. With everything in life people can take it to an extreme. Some people drive recklessly. I drive a car. “It doesn’t mean I endorse drag racing.”

And Jennifer Purcell, a Pendle borough councillor for Barnoldswick, was filmed ‘necking’ a pint of lager in a pub. She uploaded the video on to her Facebook page.

She said: “There’s too much doom and gloom in this world and this was a bit of a laugh.

“I’d been on a sponsored walk that day and was nominated to down a pint.

“I raised £30 for doing it because I collected money off everyone for doing it. No-one thought I’d be able to.”

However, their behaviour has sparked criticism from fellow politicians.

Pendle MP Andrew Stevenson said: “Seeing councillors behave in this way is nothing to be proud of.

“They need to realise that even in their private lives, they should be setting an example, especially to young people.”

Blackburn MP Jack Straw said: “I think that elected politicians, like other people in public life, must be careful about the example they set.

“The prevalence of social media makes it even more important for one to be always on guard.”

And Geoff Driver, leader of the Tory group on Lancashire County Council said: “Everybody should always drink responsibly.

“I would be extremely disappointed if any of my colleagues did anything that would encourage otherwise.”

Karen Sargeson, alcohol liaison nurse from East Lancashire Hospitals Trust, said: “Binge drinking is dangerous, especially if you don’t know what you are consuming and how you will react to it.

“Your body takes an hour to rid itself of a unit of alcohol and drinking to excess harms your liver and additionally you are at risk of choking on your vomit if you drink yourself to oblivion.

“The dangers of binge drinking is a very hard message to communicate to the younger age group, especially when peer pressure is evident.”

Participants in the craze film themselves downing alcohol on camera before nominating a friend to complete a similar challenge within 24 hours.

The hazardous game of dares escalates quickly and each challenger hopes that their upload will be more shocking than the last.

It is this competitive element which is concerning health professionals.

Katie Hetherington, young person development manager at Lifeline Project which provides help with drug and alcohol addiction across Lancashire, said drinking alcohol quickly at home alone was dangerous in itself.

Katie said: “We find it very worrying. We want the people involved to be aware of the dangers - not only of drinking such large quantities of alcohol in one go but also of the dangers of drinking at home alone.

“It is worrying that a lot of the videos are of young people who seem to be home alone without friends around to look after them if something should happen.

“It’s also important that young people are aware of the dangers of the internet. These videos may seem funny but once they are uploaded, they can be seen by all kinds of people and could be very detrimental to young people’s futures.”

Dr Tom Smith, the Lancashire Telegraph’s medical expert, said: “The man that drank the bottle of wine then the bottle of vodka in three minutes could have died. He could have slipped into a coma, damaged his stomach and he probably has damaged his liver. He could have fallen unconscious and the risk then is that he would vomit and choke on it and many people die this way.

“Alcohol is a poison and drinking that level of alcohol all at once is deadly. It’s an absolutely stupid game and people are poisoning themselves. It’s frightening. These young people think they’re immortal but of course, they’re not. It will most certainly prove to be fatal.”

Alcohol teams at East Lancashire Hospitals Trust said one in 10 admissions to the Emergency Department were people aged 25 to 30 with alcohol-related problems and were either injured, suffering alcohol poisoning after binge-drinking, or with symptoms of drink-related chronic illness.

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8:13am Tue 4 Feb 14

AnthonyUK says...

Anyone who gives in to pressure from idiotic teenagers to do these kinds of stunts is quite frankly a sheep.
Anyone who gives in to pressure from idiotic teenagers to do these kinds of stunts is quite frankly a sheep. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 25

8:52am Tue 4 Feb 14

Frisson says...

Im sorry to admit, but the nek nomination with the child nappy content was me!!!! If the LT would like to get in touch, feel free to do so
Im sorry to admit, but the nek nomination with the child nappy content was me!!!! If the LT would like to get in touch, feel free to do so Frisson
  • Score: -1

9:19am Tue 4 Feb 14

b12simon says...

The idea that a county councillor is any sort of role model for teenagers is laughable.

Still a stupid thing to do though. Pillocks.
The idea that a county councillor is any sort of role model for teenagers is laughable. Still a stupid thing to do though. Pillocks. b12simon
  • Score: 29

10:48am Tue 4 Feb 14

Casper's mum says...

AnthonyUK wrote:
Anyone who gives in to pressure from idiotic teenagers to do these kinds of stunts is quite frankly a sheep.
My facebook newsfeed is full of idiotic people joining in with this craze. Unfortunately most of them are in their late 30s and 40s, not teenagers
[quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: Anyone who gives in to pressure from idiotic teenagers to do these kinds of stunts is quite frankly a sheep.[/p][/quote]My facebook newsfeed is full of idiotic people joining in with this craze. Unfortunately most of them are in their late 30s and 40s, not teenagers Casper's mum
  • Score: 5

10:50am Tue 4 Feb 14

David Richardson says...

I don't think these guys have done anything wrong!

So what, they drank a pint quickly.... SO WHAT??

The world has gone mad if people really think this is news!

* I bet if they weren't Tories this wouldn't have even been covered by the Telegraph!
I don't think these guys have done anything wrong! So what, they drank a pint quickly.... SO WHAT?? The world has gone mad if people really think this is news! * I bet if they weren't Tories this wouldn't have even been covered by the Telegraph! David Richardson
  • Score: 17

11:00am Tue 4 Feb 14

mmickk says...

What planet are you on if you think Councillors are role models /teen idols if anything it will make it look embarrassing and uncool. Get kate holern doing it in an ad campaign with jack straw that will soon stop it.
What planet are you on if you think Councillors are role models /teen idols if anything it will make it look embarrassing and uncool. Get kate holern doing it in an ad campaign with jack straw that will soon stop it. mmickk
  • Score: 6

11:01am Tue 4 Feb 14

AnthonyUK says...

So people who do this are NEVER wrong are they?!?!
So people who do this are NEVER wrong are they?!?! AnthonyUK
  • Score: 5

12:40pm Tue 4 Feb 14

TONY WALES says...

The main qualification to be a councillor, is that you have be o be brain dead.

Oh, and like to receive large brown envelopes.
The main qualification to be a councillor, is that you have be o be brain dead. Oh, and like to receive large brown envelopes. TONY WALES
  • Score: 13

1:07pm Tue 4 Feb 14

josh:) says...

There have been 3 deaths linked to this stupid pointless game how many more young lives are going to be lost over this mindless game, the fact that these people are meant to be our piers n represent there community's is a joke
There have been 3 deaths linked to this stupid pointless game how many more young lives are going to be lost over this mindless game, the fact that these people are meant to be our piers n represent there community's is a joke josh:)
  • Score: 6

1:28pm Tue 4 Feb 14

rudis_dad says...

"Blackburn MP Jack Straw said: “I think that elected politicians, like other people in public life, must be careful about the example they set. "

Bah hah hah hah, that made me laugh. Pot? Kettle?

I don't condone the downing of large quantities and/or stupid combinations of drink by anyone, but people have been doing the odd pint in one go since beer was invented. I've done it myself on occasion with no ill effects.

"Let he who is without sin..." and so on and so forth...
"Blackburn MP Jack Straw said: “I think that elected politicians, like other people in public life, must be careful about the example they set. " Bah hah hah hah, that made me laugh. Pot? Kettle? I don't condone the downing of large quantities and/or stupid combinations of drink by anyone, but people have been doing the odd pint in one go since beer was invented. I've done it myself on occasion with no ill effects. "Let he who is without sin..." and so on and so forth... rudis_dad
  • Score: 1

2:48pm Tue 4 Feb 14

aeh100 says...

Personally speaking, what I find most outrageous about Councillor White's behaviour is not his drinking, but his poor grammar by using the past participle in stating, "I was sat at home,...". He should, of course, have used the present participle and said "I was sitting at home,...".
Personally speaking, what I find most outrageous about Councillor White's behaviour is not his drinking, but his poor grammar by using the past participle in stating, "I was sat at home,...". He should, of course, have used the present participle and said "I was sitting at home,...". aeh100
  • Score: 0

7:02pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Legal Beagle says...

It says everything that this pathetic behaviour is promoted on Facebook. It really is the communication medium of choice for the chav classes these days - the "submerged tenth" as they were once described.

Perhaps `Faecesbook' would be a more accurate name.
It says everything that this pathetic behaviour is promoted on Facebook. It really is the communication medium of choice for the chav classes these days - the "submerged tenth" as they were once described. Perhaps `Faecesbook' would be a more accurate name. Legal Beagle
  • Score: 1

7:45pm Tue 4 Feb 14

rudis_dad says...

Legal Beagle wrote:
It says everything that this pathetic behaviour is promoted on Facebook. It really is the communication medium of choice for the chav classes these days - the "submerged tenth" as they were once described.

Perhaps `Faecesbook' would be a more accurate name.
Because of course it has no valid use for promotion of businesses, legitimate leisure activities, the arts and media, charities, and so on, has it?
[quote][p][bold]Legal Beagle[/bold] wrote: It says everything that this pathetic behaviour is promoted on Facebook. It really is the communication medium of choice for the chav classes these days - the "submerged tenth" as they were once described. Perhaps `Faecesbook' would be a more accurate name.[/p][/quote]Because of course it has no valid use for promotion of businesses, legitimate leisure activities, the arts and media, charities, and so on, has it? rudis_dad
  • Score: -5

9:09pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

Frisson wrote:
Im sorry to admit, but the nek nomination with the child nappy content was me!!!! If the LT would like to get in touch, feel free to do so
They would probably only get in touch with you if they were doing a special article on d1ckheads and what they post on the Internet.
[quote][p][bold]Frisson[/bold] wrote: Im sorry to admit, but the nek nomination with the child nappy content was me!!!! If the LT would like to get in touch, feel free to do so[/p][/quote]They would probably only get in touch with you if they were doing a special article on d1ckheads and what they post on the Internet. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 1

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